Mary Sadie Frank (1924 - 2015)

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Mary Sadie Frank died in Juneau at the Pioneers' Home on January 17th. She celebrated a happy and lucrative 91st birthday just days before her departure.
Mary was born in Roland, Manitoba Canada January 14, 1924 and had a happy childhood in nearby Carman. Mary completed her nurse's training at Winnipeg General Hospital. Her sense of adventure and career took her west to Calgary then Juneau and Saint Ann's Hospital with her Canadian classmate, fellow nurse and girlfriend. In Juneau she found a great group of Canadian friends in the medical fields and American friends in her neighborhood in Douglas. Mary retained her Canadian identity and citizenship but was also naturalized American in Juneau in 1961. Mary worked with the Juneau Clinic, at the Sitka hospital, then at Bartlett Regional when it first opened.
She met Richard Albert "Dick" Frank, a mechanic then pilot for Alaska Coastal Airlines (later Alaska Airlines) her first year in Juneau and they were married here in 1950. Mary had four children in Juneau and her youngest in Sitka during the family's residence there from 1957 to 1961. Mary and Dick retired to Federal Way Washington and Mary returned to Douglas after her husband's death in 1988.
Mary was an avid houseplant cultivator and pet lover and always had at least one dog. She was obsessive about reading, loved all types of needlework and crafting pottery. Mary liked food but her interest in cooking grew as did her cookbook collection. She was one of the few culinary artists who even had a large section of cookbooks devoted solely to potatoes.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Dick, her youngest son, Mike (Becky Hinman-Frank) and her daughter-in-law Jay Denton-Frank (Pete). She is survived by her daughters Mary Ellen (Gerald Olson) and Barbara and her sons, Richard and Pete. She also leaves her family of wonderful caretakers and pets at the Pioneers' Home.
Anyone who wishes to donate in Mary's honor to a cause could contribute to the Pioneers' Home Foundation, the Gastineau Humane Society or a group of their choice.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Jan. 25 to Feb. 24, 2015